The moment you enrol at UCFV in a credit course you automatically become a member of the Student Union Society (SUS). Student Union Society fees are collected by UCFV and are itemized on your registration receipt.

The SUS is registered as a non-profit society. Its purpose is to provide a true student voice in UCFV governance and it is responsible to the student body. The society is run by students, who control the direction and activities of the SUS within the memorandum of understanding with UCFV. The SUS is recognized as the representative of the student body, and as a result, is sought out by UCFV board, administration and staff, for advice in matters of concern to students.

The SUS has an elected Council which is primarily responsible for representing students. West Representatives represent Abbotsford and Mission campuses, while East Representatives represent the Chilliwack campus, and the Agassiz and Hope regional centres. Elections are held in March, with by-elections called as required. The SUS
is also responsible for its website, providing student participation on various committees (over 65 at last count), and producing a student handbook provided free to all members.

All students are encouraged to attend council meetings. Schedules are posted on the website and available from the SUS office. The SUS also holds fundraising events, forums, and an Annual General Meeting to report on SUS activities during the past year, and to seek approval for the following year’s budget.

If you would like to help out with events or participate in committees, please contact the Student Union Society.

For more information, consult the SUS website at or stop by the SUS office.

Abbotsford     Room A213; 604-864-4613

Chilliwack     Room E101; 604-795-2825


UCFV offers a number of courses that can help prepare you to work at the university-college level. Subjects include rapid reading, writing, study skills, research, critical thinking, computing,  education and career planning, and employment search.

Courses which fall under the informal “academic support” heading include:

CAP 110

 Writing and Research Skills

CAP 120

 Potential Development Training

CAP 130

 Reading and Study

CAP 140

 Career Planning

COMP 061

 Introduction to Computers (Part 1)

COMP 071

 Introduction to Computers (Part 2)

CP 101

 Career Planning

CP 201

 Employment Search

CSM 108(CMNS 108)

 Critical Analysis and Study Methodology

CSM 208 (CMNS 208)

 Advanced Critical Analysis and Learning Methodology

ECP 064

 Education and Career Planning (Career Exploration)

ECP 074

 Education and Career Planning (Skills for Success)

RSS 098

 Introduction to Reading and Study Skills (CTC)


Dave Birkett, BA, MA (UBC)

Mark Hoffmann, BSc (Stanford), Diploma CS (Regent), MA (UBC)

Eileen Burkholder, BEd (UBC), MEd (UVic)

Diane Luu, BA, Prof. Teaching Cert. (SFU), MEd (UBC)

Keith Mohammed, BA (UBC), Prof. Teaching Cert. (SFU)

Elli Tamarin, BA (SFU), MEd (UBC)



UCFV is committed to helping students succeed in their study of mathematics. The Math Centre in Abbotsford, located in the Learning Centre in G166, is open at various times throughout the week, Monday to Friday. Students are  encouraged to come to the centre for help with math questions, and should check the schedule posted on the door, which indicates which instructors are available and when. Videos are available for courses below the 100-level, cassette tapes are available for introductory statistics, and computer software, including versions of MAPLE and MINITAB, is available on centre computers for student use. The Chilliwack campus has a combined Math/Writing Centre. Students who wish to get help with their math and statistics questions should consult the schedule on the door of Room 205 in Building A.



The Writing Centre works with students enrolled in UCFV courses who wish to become more effective writers.

Centre staff work with student writers in one-on-one conferences on aspects of academic and professional writing: understanding how situation, purpose, and audience shape the writing; understanding research and documentation; and promoting effective use of language. Centre staff also offer other services: workshops and small-group sessions on aspects of academic and professional writing; and faculty support in the form of course-specific workshops and consultation on assignment design.

UCFV students who wish to work on their writing are welcome to come by the Writing Centre in these locations:

Campus, Room, Phone

Abbotsford, G168, 604-504-7441, local 4282

Chilliwack, A205, 604-792-0025, local 2432

Mission, D226A, 604-820-6022

Information about Writing Centre services and hours of operation is available at any centre location or online at

Writing Centre staff:

Fay Hyndman, BA, Literacy Instruction Cert. (SFU), Prof. Teaching Cert. (Alta), (W. Australia)

Gloria Borrows, BA (SFU), MA (UBC)

Nadeane Trowse, BA, MA (SFU)

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